Day One: Tuesday, March 28, 2023

10:45 EDT

60 min
Richard Sharpe

Return to Work: Ensuring Workplace Safety and Accommodations for Equity Seeking Groups

Richard Sharpe, Director, Equity, Anti-racism, Diversity and Inclusion, Department of Justice Canada

How can HR act as ambassadors for promoting workplace diversity, equity, belonging and inclusion?

  • Importance of promoting equity, collection of disaggregated EE data, targeted hiring, supporting managers.
  • Being a good ally/co-conspirator.

How do you encourage inclusion and diversity in all areas of an organization?

  • Understand the importance of lived experience on the HR advice, LRO
  • Black Inclusion, Indigenous Reconciliation as a part of the design of how we do our work.

How do you engage different demographics?

  • Authentic engagement. What this looks like.

11:45 EDT

60 min

Managing Long Term Absences

  • Develop and implement procedures to reduce employee absenteeism
  • Step-by-step guide to managing long-term sickness
  • Understand the best system to use for absence management
  • Properly manage and record absences for accurate payroll processing
  • Understand the importance of having a good absence management system in place

12:45 EDT

45 min


Day Two: Wednesday, March 29, 2023

10:30 EDT

60 min

Achieving Measurable Results on Inclusive Leadership in a Federal Institution

  • Tips on how we can all contribute to an equitable and inclusive organization
  • Understand why there is a need for an anti-racist and anti-Oppression approach
  • Develop the tools needed for change
  • Prevent the consequences of not being able to name the issue.
  • Discuss the challenges in moving forward towards an equitable workforce

11:30 EDT

60 min
Ian D. Hurley

Disability Claims and the Duty to Accommodate

Ian D. Hurley, Partner, Lecker & Associates

  • Understanding short-term and long-term disability insurance, as well as other sources of income protection available to employees
  • Duties and responsibilities of employers and employees from the initial disability leave to a return to work
  • COVID-19 disability claims and accommodation
  • Termination of employment and its impact on disability claims

12:30 EDT

45 min


14:15 EDT

60 min

The Endpoint of Accommodation: Undue Hardship, Frustration of Contract and Wrongful Dismissal

Joel Smith, Partner, Williams HR Law LLP

  • Discuss how far employers must go when accommodating employees
  • Examine the legal test for undue hardship, including practical examples
  • Explore the practical differences between accommodating to the point of undue hardship and frustration of contract
  • Assess the implications and next steps when reaching the points of undue hardship and frustration of contract, including possible wrongful dismissal actions and termination grievances

15:15 EDT

60 min

Workplace Violence: Accommodation or Discipline

  • Understand the relationship between mental health and workplace violence
  • Best practices for accommodating employees who have threatened violence
  • Determine when a comprehensive threat assessment is required
  • Create effective policies and a line of communication
  • Learn the importance of training and awareness